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Professor Stephen Davismoon joins Hope as Associate Dean

The new Associate Dean of the School of Creative and Performing Arts, and Head of the Creative Campus, has been named as Professor Stephen Davismoon.

Professor Davismoon joins Liverpool Hope from Edge Hill University, where he was Head of the Department of Performing Arts. He has had a professional composition career for more than 25 years, and written music for a broad range of ensembles and situations – from solo pieces through to works for full orchestra. Professor Davismoon has also written a number of live electronic/interactive, electroacoustic and sound-art installation pieces. He has collaborated with actors, dancers and visual artists in his creative/research work. 

Completing his undergraduate studies in Music at the University of Southampton, Professor Davismoon specialised in composition with Ric Graebner and Classical Guitar with Antonio Albanes (then of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama). He completed his Doctorate in Composition at the University of Edinburgh, studying with Nigel Osborne, before beginning his academic career in Scotland, which became his home for 20 years. Initially lecturing at the University of Edinburgh, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the University of Glasgow, his first permanent academic post was at Edinburgh Napier University, where he remained for almost 10 years and was, latterly, appointed as Head of Music. He then went on to take up a Professorship (Chair of Contemporary Composition) and Head of Department roles at the University of Salford and Edge Hill.

Speaking about his new role, Professor Davismoon said: "I am delighted to be joining colleagues at Liverpool Hope University's Creative Campus at what will be a significant point in its development. That one can find most of the creative and performing arts disciplines next door to one another on one beautiful campus - teaching, researching and practicing at international levels of excellence - constitutes a unique situation. That it exists in one of the most culturally adventurous cities of Europe makes for an extraordinarily exciting set of opportunities." 

As well as appearances on regional and national radio, Professor Davismoon has featured in several television broadcasts and worked with many notable musicians, institutions and festivals. As a writer, his scholarly work on Luigi Nono, Edgard Varèse and Contemporary Electronic Music for Routledge have been well-received. 

Professor Gerald Pillay, Vice-Chancellor & Rector, said: “The Search Committee was unanimously of the view that Professor Davismoon has the experience and academic profile to lead the School, and to achieve the high ambitions we have for the School and all its subjects and disciplines.”

Published on 24/05/2018